Clean & Simple 163


Just popping by with a quick mid-week post.  I needed a thank you card for our dinner hosts on the weekend  so I used this week's Clean & Simple 163 sketch. I couldn't get it down to something quite as simple as this, but even so, I think my take is pretty minimalist (for me, at least).

Daisies poppped into my head when I saw this, probably because I have been playing with my flower dies recently.  However, this time I have used a small flower punch to create the white daisies with Tangerine Tango centres offset by the Marina Mist embossed strip.  This is a clean and bright colour combo.

I hope it is more elegant than boring, but will leave you to judge that! 

Project Details
Stamps Just Believe
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist, Bazzill White, Tangerine Tango (Textured), Whisper White
Ink Basic Black
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, EK Success 5-petal flower punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Circle punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack

Thanks for stopping by.

Clean & Simple 160

Hi there

I have a quick card for you today based on the Clean & Simple Sketch 160.  I like this sketch as it is really flexible with lots of scope to use in landscape or portrait style.


For the main panel on my card I have used the 'First Edition' DSP as a base and stamped the images from the 'Summer Solstice' stamp set on it. This set is so detailed and stamps beautifully every time and makes elegant cards.  The centre panel and sentiment has been popped up for dimension. The extra butterfly was stamped on a scrap and then glued onto Very Vanilla cardstock before fussy cutting as the First Edition paper is lighter weight than normal DSP. The tiny pearls add the finishing touch. 


After my recent mega dose of Melon Mambo pink, the colours look very muted to me, probably not helped by the artificial light I had to use for the photo.

Project Details
Stamps Summer Solstice, My Friend
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP
Ink Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive
Accessories Tiny adhesive pearls (not SU)
Tools     Scallop Border punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Glue Stick

See you soon.

Channelling 'Mocha Morning'


It has been a busy couple of weeks with one thing and another, but  I thought I would get in early for this week's Clean & Simple Sketch 158.  Here is the sketch:


I started with the 'Elements of Style'  stamp set, which I've gold embossed on Very Vanilla (not really apparent in the photo).  This led me to 'Mocha Morning' which is one of the new Designer Series Papers and it is a gorgeous rich selection of neutrals including Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso with touches of gold and flocking.  I've used all of these except black to come up with the final result.  I've taken some liberty by adding the Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon knot to soften it a bit. I love the seam binding ribbon, it is so easy to work with. 'Mocha Morning' is totally elegant and lends itself to all kinds of occasions with some great options for masculine cards as well .


Project Details
Stamps Elements of Style, Sincere Salutations
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Soft Suede (Textured), Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Mocha Morning DSP
Ink Versamark, Early Espresso
Accessories Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon
Tools Gold Embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder punch, Scallop Border punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig

 See you soon. 


Spring & New Catalogue Arrives!

Hi there

Well, the last few days of weather have been truly delightful in Melbourne. My garden thinks so too, as it has burst into colour and the new leaves are popping out on the weeping birches.  It is amazing how quickly this happens. I thought I would share a few photos I took yesterday.  Photographs (or at least my photography) doesn't do it justice and it is lovely when people walking by stop and admire it too.

This first photo shows the garden bed close to the house. You can see the weeping birch with the leaves starting to pop out and the very large mass of Azaleas underneath.


This is a close up of the pink Azalea, which is stunning.

The last photo is of the garden bed at the front.  The large birch trees are still bare, which gives the Azaleas underneath the full benefit of the spring sunshine.  We are in the process of removing the old Aussie Box hedge that is past its best and replacing it with English Box.

It is also that other favourite time of the year, when the new Stampin' Up! catalogue starts.  The card I have for you today is based on this week's Clean & Simple 156 sketch. This is what it looks like:

This is a simple sketch, so I have taken the opportunity to dress it up with different textures to add interest and some products from the new catalogue.  The main element is the gorgeous Melon Mambo doily from the 'Flirtatious Specialty' DSP.  These come as a sheet of 16 joined together so that you can use the whole page, but you can easily snip them apart and use each one individually.  There are 4 different designs and they also come in Pumpkin Pie. Both sheets are white on the reverse, which is really flexible, allowing them to be coloured to match your project. In the centre I added a small crocheted Fleurette that has had the centre petals dyed with a reinker diluted with a small amount of water. I've inserted one of the new In Color Glimmer brads in Pear Pizzazz through all the layers and popped it up. Sitting behind the doily is the gorgeous Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, which feels like silk.  Here it is:



Project Details
Stamps Just Believe
Card stock & Papers Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Flirtatious Specialty DSP
Ink Pear Pizzazz
Accessories Glimmer Brad (Pear Pizzaz), Seam Binding ribbon (Pear Pizzazz), Basic Pearls
Tools Beautiful Wings, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Dimensionals, Crimper

Happy stamping!

More Clean & Simple

Hi there

The card I have for you today is based on this week's  Clean & Simple sketch.  I have kept this one really simple, which is pretty hard for me.  This is the sketch:

CAS152Here is my take on it:


The DSP is the retired 'Candy Lane' which was one of my favourites last year.  I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the new DSP from the 2011-2012 catalogue.

Project Details
Stamps Strength & Hope, Trendy Trees (sentiment)
Card stock & Papers Rose Red, Candy Lane DSP (Retired), Soft Suede
Ink Rose Red, Soft Suede
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools Labels Nestabilities, Big Shot, Word Window punch, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

See you soon.